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Tuscan Cauliflower Soup

A classic Tuscan soup has lots of potatoes, but I make mine the low-carb way with cauliflower. Turns out, it has a heartier flavor. —Heather Bewley, Bemidji, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh cauliflowerets (about 14 ounces)
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine cauliflower, broth, water and garlic; bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until cauliflower is tender, 12-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and mushrooms over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles, 6-8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • Add sausage and mushrooms to cauliflower mixture; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in cream and pepper; heat through. Serve with bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 358 calories, 30g fat (14g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 941mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • CLB332
    Feb 26, 2018

    I made this for husband and I, wonderful, easy filling soup. The bacon adds a lot to the flavor!

  • lucasey54
    Feb 15, 2018

    Everybody loved this soup, even my 8 year old grandson. However, I added undrained Italian style tomatoes and cheddar cheese. Delicious!

  • Nancy
    Jan 31, 2018

    I followed this recipe exactly. It was very thin and tasteless ! Such a disappointment for a taste of home recipe. It wasted the Italian sausage and bacon.

  • LPHJKitchen
    Nov 10, 2015

    Overall, this soup was pretty good. I liked the use of sausage and cauliflower. I wasn't a fan of the mushrooms but I'm really not in general. Next time, I think I'll add in some tomatoes and extra seasonings.

  • meerb98
    Nov 5, 2015

    3.5 stars. This recipe seemed like it was missing something. I even added parsley, sauteed onions, and some roasted garlic. I used half and half. My husband and I thought it was good, but not great. I am hoping it is one of those dishes that tastes better the next day.

  • Grammy Debbie
    Oct 21, 2015

    Very good. I added a heaping spoonful of Better than Bouillon for some extra flavor, but my husband and I really enjoyed it.

  • hlillis
    Oct 11, 2015

    This soup had good flavor and was easy to make. I substituted fat free half and half for the heavy cream and added fresh parsley for color at the very end. Next time I make it I will use turkey sausage in place of regular sausage.

  • bjsilve0
    Oct 10, 2015

    I loved it but my other half didn't like it.

  • classic3121
    Oct 2, 2015

    Soooo Good!!!!